How to Grow 9 O Clock Flower | Growing Portulaca

Last Updated: 19.10.2023

Growing Portulaca in India is easy and can be done all year-round. Let’s have a look at all the details on How to Grow 9 O Clock Flower for its lovely blooms!

Portulaca is an annual with colorful blooms. It can be a wonderful addition to both pots and landscapes. Let’s have a look at How to Grow 9 O Clock Flower in India!

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What is 9 ‘o’clock?

How to Grow 9 O Clock Flower

The flower earned this name due to its feature of blooming around 9-10 pm in the morning. 9 ‘o’clock is an annual bedding plant, producing tiny, cup-shaped flowers in yellow, orange, red, pink, white to cream shades.

This plant looks spectacular when it spills from window boxes and baskets.

Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora

Other Names: Moss rose, Pigweed, Purslane, Portulaca, Sun rose

How to Grow 9 O Clock Flower

From Seeds

  • Purchase good quality seeds from the local seed supplier or vendor.
  • Sow them in a well-draining potting mix.
  • Water well and place the container at any bright, indirect light.
  • The seeds will germinate within 10-14 days.

From Cuttings

  • You can propagate moss rose plant by snipping 3-5 inches long stem cutting.
  • Take away all leaves from the cutting, except leaving a few at the top.
  • Fill a pot with a potting mix, and plant it.
  • Water well and place the container in bright but indirect light.
  • The cutting will form roots in 10-14 days.

Growing Requirements of 9 O Clock

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Purslane requires full sunlight for best flowers and growth. Place it where it gets a minimum of 5-6 hours of bright sun every day. The more light it will get, the better it will for its growth. Choose any sunny windowsill or south-facing spot for indoors.


The plant does well in porous and fertile soil. DIY your potting mix by blending 30% of coco peat, 50% of garden soil, 15% of coarse sand, and 5% of compost or aged cow dung manure. Alternatively, blend 60% of loamy soil, 25% of coco Peat, 10% of organic compost, and 5% of neem khali.


9 o clock is a drought-tolerant plant, as it retains water in its succulent stems. So, water only when the top 2-inch of the soil feels dry to touch. Avoid overwatering to keep it safe from fungal issues.

Portulaca Plant Care


The 9 o clock flower plant is not a heavy feeder. Use a balanced fertilizer, diluted to 1/4 of its strength, once in 3-4 weeks. You can also use a handful of organic feed like cow dung manure or vermicompost. Avoid feeding it in winter.


9 ‘o’clock flowering plant is fond of a warm and dry environment. The ideal temperature for its growth and bountiful blooming lies between 20-30 C.


Go for a 6-8 inches pot with a drainage hole at the bottom. As the plant grows, re-pot in one size bigger pot.

Significance of 9 0 Clock

  1. This ornamental plant attracts honeybees and other friendly pollinators in the garden.
  2. The flower has therapeutic properties and treats many ailments like sore throat, cirrhosis of the liver, and hepatitis.
  3. The gel extracted from the moss rose flower is used for treating skin burns and rashes.
  4. The juice from the plant has uses in curing insect bites, burns, and eczema.

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